Berkshire

Trains delayed by cows on the line in Mortimer

Cows at Mortimer Image copyright @jasoncubbage
Image caption Cross Country confirmed its service between Reading and Basingstoke was delayed by 50 minutes as a result of the animals straying onto the line

A herd of cows has caused train delays by straying on to a railway line.

About 30 cattle were spotted walking on and next to the track near Mortimer, Berkshire, shortly before 07:30 BST.

Cross Country confirmed its service between Reading and Basingstoke was delayed by 50 minutes as a result of the animals wandering on to the line.

Network Rail, which closed the line while the animals were escorted back to their farm, has apologised for the resulting delays.

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